It’s everyone’s favourite day out in Manchester on the 12th October as Neighbourhood Festival returns for it’s 3rd year of celebrating new and established artists. This is where you will discover your next favourite band of 2019 and beyond.


Gig Junkies have been coming to this festival since it started, and last year we discovered The Murder Capital, Zuzu and Calva Louise to name just three that haven’t stopped being played on our Spotify playlists.

Who is going to break through the 100 artists over 15 venues across the city to claim a place in your music collection? We’ve gathered our top 5 ‘Must check out’ list (below). Sure, you could play it safe and only watch the headliners of Miles Kane and The Sherlocks, or whoever else is on at The Ritz/Academy, but we would try to persuade you off the beaten track to those smaller venues to find the diamonds buried in 2019’s huge line up.

Neighbourhood Festival will sell out the 5500 tickets in advance (it does every year), so buy yours now to save the embarrassment of turning up and not getting in. With headline acts performing in both the afternoon and evening Neighbourhood once again is the best place to see your beloved bands, whilst discovering a new favourite.


1. Sophie & The Giants
Can’t recommend this 4-piece from Sheffield enough, currently on tour in the UK promoting their Adolescence EP and selling out each venue. For fans of Florence and the Machine, Siouxsie & The Banshees etc. I know that’s a wide range but if you like to watch a high energy pop/indie performance with a confident frontwoman, you really need to see them before they go huge in a few years’ time. ‘Bulldog’ is rapidly becoming my most played song every week.
Watch: Bulldog

2. Red Rum Club
A scouse band with a trumpet player, there is something a little different and brilliant about Red Rum Club. Their debut album Matador can transport you to the seedy Mexican cantinas or maybe even the set of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, nowhere near the Liver building. There is nothing ugly about singer Francis Doran though – with a deep dark brooding voice, he means business, and will probably grab a bottle of water and tip it over his head in the first 5 minutes. ‘Would you rather be lonely’ and ‘Angeline’ are immense – just watch it and then make a note to check them out for some stylish guitars and the puncture of trumpet in the mix, it’s a glorious sight.
Watch: Would You Rather Be Lonely

Energetic alt rock/indie pop band from Uxbridge, lead by Ophelia on guitar and vocals. Morphing from fuzzy grunge into danceable pop and big choruses – check out ‘Headspace’ and ‘You’. The buzz is building with this lot, particularly after some storming performances at Leeds/Reading and having been on tour with The Wombats in June.
Watch: You

4. Nova Twins
A female duo from London, they play some heavy guitar with loads of pedal noises (think Royal Blood x 2) but then add a spot of grime over the top. Visually, wearing some surreal twinny costumes and then their energy on stage has to be seen to be felt. ‘Vortex’ has some Prodigy influences displayed and we wouldn’t be surprised if they end up being just as big in a few years. Attitude on stage is everything for these girls – don’t miss them.
Watch: Vortex

5. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Without being afraid of wearing Double Denim this band will play some superb 70’s blues-based pop with ironic comedy elements. Lead singer Tom has now taken to wearing a backless blue number and giving hilarious intros to their songs. Take with a pinch of salt, but this band will put a smile on your face and play some catchy tunes like ‘Double Denim Hop’ and ‘Late Night City’, it’s a bit like The Darkness without all that glam posturing, but it is still way better than the latest indie boy band or The Sherlocks.
Watch: Late Night City

With some special guests still to be announced it becomes a solid 12 hours of new music for just £30, so get off your lazy backside and check this out! #NBHD19

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